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Jeff Taylor's apology is not enough to atone for the night that led to him pleading guilty in late October in Michigan to misdemeanor domestic violence assault and malicious destruction of hotel property. But Monday, the Charlotte Hornets forward owned his actions.

Former West Charlotte big man Kennedy Meeks, making a triumphant homecoming, helped North Carolina whip Davidson 90-72 in Time Warner Cable Arena Saturday afternoon.

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera has reverted from Riverboat Ron to Nervous Ron, their general manager won’t talk and the team is 3-7-1. But none of that is Jason Avant’s problem anymore.

NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup: Kevin Harvick got it right Sunday. And so did NASCAR, which got an amazing race in the season finale that crowned Harvick the 2014 champion.

Denny Hamlin is a FOM (Friend of Michael), and that was in major evidence with Michael Jordan’s appearance at the Ford 400 Sunday. Charlotte Hornets owner Jordan is a “huge race fan,” Hamlin said, saying he wished “I could have had one ring to his six.”

NASCAR driver Ryan Newman doesn’t have a victory in the Sprint Cup series this season, but he could be a champion after Sunday, whether he wins or not. And he’s fine with that.

Finally, the Atlanta Falcons come to town, meaning the opponent is someone the Carolina Panthers can actually beat. But will they?

NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup: Kevin Harvick is one of the favorites to win his first Sprint Cup championship, and at 38 the oldest of the four drivers who still have a chance. And Keelan‘s father wants it bad.

Joey Logano, 24, is the youngest of NASCAR’s last four drivers left to compete for the 2014 championship at Homestead, Fla., on Sunday. And by some standards you have to consider him the favorite.

NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup: In the first year of the sport’s new playoff format, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman enter Sunday’s final race dead even. The best finisher among those four in that race – whether any of them win it or not – will claim the 2014 championship.

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Scott Fowler is a national award-winning sports columnist for The Charlotte Observer.